Amyris Opens Pilot Plant for Renewable Diesel Fuel
Amyris Biotechnologies has opened its first pilot plant producing No Compromise renewable diesel fuel. The pilot plant which was completed in September 2008 is expected to bring the fuel to market in 2010.
The plant serves as a technical gateway to commercialization in Brazil and other manufacturing locations. It will demonstrate Amyris’ technology in scaled down process equipment that is representative of full commercial scale operations; generate essential engineering data for designing Amyris’ full scale plants; and produce product samples for performance testing.
According to the company, Amyris’ diesel is characterized as a No Compromise fuel because it is designed to be a scalable, low-cost renewable fuel with performance attributes that equal or exceed those of petroleum-sourced fuels and currently available biofuels.
In parallel with this effort, Amyris has announced that it will open a larger pilot plant in Campinas, Brazil in the spring of 2009 where it will finalize processes for Brazilian operations; transfer the technology to manufacturing sites in Brazil; and provide ongoing support for optimizing production in Brazil.
John Melo, CEO of Amyris, said: “This new diesel fuel has all the characteristics to make an important contribution toward solving our global transportation energy and climate crisis. The opening of our pilot plant is a significant business marker for us, taking us one step closer to bringing our diesel fuel to market.”